ROONEY TO MISS UNITED’S EUROPA LEAGUE OPENER
Jose Mourinho has chosen to leave Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United’s 20-man squad for their opening Europa League group game against Feyenoord. The England striker trained yesterday but did not travel with the rest of the squad to Rotterdam for tonight’s game (9pm UAE time). Also not included in the travelling party were Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard, while Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan miss out through injury. Also in action on tonight (9pm UAE time) are little-known Irish team Dundalk, who face Dutch opposition in AZ Alkmaar. The club are only the second Irish side, after Shamrock Rovers in 2011/12, to make it to the group stages of the Europa League and are viewed as massive underdogs. However, for midfielder Robbie Benson (below, right) it is a chance for the part-timers to show what they can do on the European stage. “It means everything,” said the 24-year-old. “Every player wants to play at the highest level they can and to showcase our talents on a stage as big as that.” Southampton are the other British team in action as they face Sparta Prague tonight at 11.05pm. The Saints have lost just one of 14 home European ties down the years.